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Updates and events from the Litigation Section

Please join us for the First Annual CLA Litigation Section Judicial Advisors Roundtable moderated by CLA Litigation Section Chair, Terrance J. Evans who is also a partner at Duane Morris LLP. This program will feature the following high profile jurists who serve as judicial advisors to the CLA Litigation Section. Read more
Judge Segal, former chief magistrate judge of the central district of California, will answer questions from moderator and audience regarding third party discovery. In particular, the discussion will focus on “custody, possession or control” and when documents are in the legal control of a party or in the custody of a third party; what type of relationship is necessary to show “legal control”; what a third party must do to object to discovery; what a party must do if he or she wants to object to third party discovery; and what are the court’s concerns when third party discovery is at issue. Judge Segal will also discuss enforcement of third-party discovery. Read more
Central District of California Covid-19 Update: All divisions of the Central District of California resumed normal operations on June 15, 2021. Hearings by video or telephonic conference may continue to be held in civil matters at the discretion of the assigned judge. Persons entering the courthouses must follow the CDC’s most recent guidance regarding face coverings or masks, though individual district judges have discretion to require the wearing of masks in their courtrooms. (See Gen. Order 21-08.) Southern District of California… Read more
The Committee on Access to Justice and Civic Engagement seeks to broaden access to the courts and justice system and help provide civic programs to educate the legal community about how to get involved. Read more
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court held that the existence of a statutory claim (with statutory damages) combined with a risk of future harm, is not enough to confer standing to sue for damages in federal court. Citing Spokeo v. Robbins, 578 U. S. 330, the Court held that “[t]o have Article III standing to sue in federal court, plaintiffs must demonstrate, among other things, that they suffered a concrete harm.” Read more
Judge Dana Makoto Sabraw was appointed to the Southern District of California by President George W. Bush in 2003 and became Chief Judge in January of 2021. Read more
Pedro V. Castillo was appointed a Magistrate Judge by the United States District Court for the Central District of California in January 2021 Read more
A monthly publication of the Litigation Section of the California Lawyers Association. Read more
June 2021 Central District of California Covid-19 Update: The court is currently in Phase 3 of its Plan for Phased Resumption of Operations (“Reopening Plan”). All courthouses in the Central District are open to persons with court business and subject to all posted restrictions. In-court hearings will be permitted in all matters at the discretion of the assigned judge. Some hearings may continue to be held by video or telephonic conference. Jury trials are permitted in civil and criminal cases.… Read more

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